LaDainian Tomlinson wouldn’t fit in at Cincinatti. He is humble and well-behaved. His coach explained, “For all the skills he has as a player, they pale by comparison to the person.” His fullback said that winning the AP Most Valuable Player Award “couldn’t have happened to a better person.” Tomlinson has just had a season to beat all seasons. He ran for more yards than anyone, he broke the touchdown record, the scoring record that lasted nearly half a century. Yet he is more than that and he knows how important that is.
“It’s more important to me to be a better person,” said Tomlinson, who appreciates the praise. “At the end of the day that’s what people remember. Football is a game that I obviously love to play and a lot of guys enjoy playing the game. But that’s not who I am. I’m not just a football player. I’m a human being. I respect other human beings and that’s what it’s all about, giving respect to other human beings and just really trying to have an impact on people’s lives that I come across because I am in a position to do that.”
“I am in a position to do that.” Tomlinson knows the Spiderman rule. He understands the responsibility of being in the public spotlight and the responsibility of being a human.